February 11, 2020

Grassroots Alliance Connects with Schrier

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0

The Covington Chamber of Commerce met with U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, center, in February 2020 to discuss employer concerns around transportation, child care and more. (Photo courtesy Covington Chamber of Commerce.)

AWB's Grassroots Alliance members continue to connect with lawmakers who make the decisions that impact employers of all sizes.

Members of the Covington and Maple Valley Black Diamond Chambers of Commerce recently met with U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., to discuss concerns and establish a strong working relationship.

Schrier met with several employers at Crockett's Public House last month in Maple Valley, including representatives from Curtis Lang Custom Homes, Valley Automotive, Johnson's Home and Garden and Cayce Grove Law Offices. Black Diamond Mayor Carol Benson and Maple Valley Mayor Sean P. Kelly also attended. Later, Schrier visited Robinson Family Chiropractic.

Employers discussed workforce challenges, homelessness, burdensome regulations and taxes, CEO Erica Dial said.

It was another example of the Grassroots Alliance providing relevant content to the employers in their communities.

"Anytime you can have your members be in front of those that make decisions, whether at the state or federal level, it's important to be heard," Dial said.

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, center right, meets with the Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce in a Jan. 2020 meeting.

Schrier also met with the Covington Chamber on Feb. 8. Employers discussed child care challenges, workforce needs, transportation infrastructure, and healthcare, Executive Director Jennifer Liggett said.

"We had a good discussion, and our members really appreciated sharing their concerns and getting to know Congresswoman Schrier," Liggett said. "We appreciate her willingness to reach out."

Attendees included Kevin Grossman with Green River College, representatives of Valley Medical Center, real estate investor Justin VanLandschoot and other employers. Schrier also toured chamber members Pinnacle Medical Wellness and Covington Copy It Mail It.

AWB's Grassroots Alliance includes 90 local chambers of commerce throughout the state. These chambers and AWB are working together to share the positive story of Washington employers with the state's decision makers, and the broader community. To learn more or get involved, please contact AWB's Andrew Lenderman at 360.943.1600.

U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier, left, and Executive Director Jennifer Liggett of the Covington Chamber of Commerce.